ACES Workshop

Dates and Location

Dates: July 12, 2023 - July 15, 2023 (Wednesday – Saturday)
Location: South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City, Texas (NASA and Clear Lake)


ACES (Accelerating Computing for Emerging Sciences) is a cyberinfrastructure test-bed that offers cutting-edge technologies on a Liqid Composable fabric. ACES aims to offer a holistic computing platform to meet the needs of researchers advancing research that combines numerical simulation and modeling with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) frameworks. Toward addressing these needs, Graphcore IPUs, Next Silicon co-processors, Intel FPGAs, NEC Vector engines and the latest GPUs from Intel and NVIDIA are offered on the ACES platform.These resources are supported by a rich software ecosystem including Charlie Cloud and Open on Demand. ACES is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is hosted by Texas A&M University, and is assigned via the ACCESS allocation process.

The ACES team invites researchers to apply to the first ACES user-meeting. The meeting will give researchers an avenue to network, share adoption stories, and collaborate on future projects. We will simultaneously offer tutorials and guided sessions to support research on these technologies.

We especially welcome participants and researchers from minority-serving institutions in computing and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). If you are interested in providing a session or short talk, please contact us.

Please apply to participate in the workshop. The application requires a brief description of your current research, plans for future research using the ACES machine, and a copy of your NSF biosketch. Some travel support is available for researchers based in the United States. Enquiries, questions, and offers to assist are welcomed!

Full Schedule (All times are Central Time)

Last updated: July 15, 2023

Wednesday, July 12 Reception and Dinner
South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center
Map Address: 2500 South Shore Blvd, League City, TX 77573
Phone Number: (281) 334-1000
5:00PM - 6:30PM Reception with Light Hors d'Oeuvres
Lighthouse Bar and Bistro
6:30PM - 8:30PM Dinner (Harbourview)
Thursday, July 13 Tutorials and Lightning Talks (Amphitheater)
7:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM - 9:15AM Opening Remarks and ACES Overview (presentation)
9:15AM - 12:00PM Distributed Deep Learning with H100s (presentation, lab instructions)
12:00PM - 1:30PM Lunch (Harbourview Room)
1:30PM - 2:15PM Lightning talks
2:15PM - 2:30PM Break
2:30PM - 5:00PM Intel oneAPI AI Analytics Toolkit (agenda,presentation)
6:30PM - 8:30PM Dinner (Paradise Reef)
Friday, July 14 Tutorials
7:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM - 12:00PM ACES Graphcore Intelligence Processing Units (IPUs) Training (Amphitheater) (presentations[1,2]) 9:00AM - 12:00PM CryoSPARC Cryo-EM Data Processing on ACES (Pier) (presentation)
12:00PM - 1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM - 4:30PM ACES Charliecloud Container Training (Amphitheater) (presentations[1,2], hands-on) 1:30PM - 4:00PM NEC Vector Engine: Vectorization for HPC applications (Pier) (presentation)
4:00PM - 4:30PM Solving Combinatorial Optimization and NP-Hard problems using novel Quantum Annealing using NEC Vector Engine (Pier) (presentation)
1:30PM - 4:30PM ACES External Advisory Committee Meeting - closed session (Baccarat)
4:30PM - 5:30PM User Feedback/Survey
6:30PM - 8:30PM Dinner (Harbourview)
Saturday, July 15 Tutorials
7:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM - 10:30AM CyberGIS-Compute: Geospatial Middleware for Simplifying Access to High-Performance Computing (Amphitheater) (presentation , CyberGISX account information)
10:30AM - 12:00PM Intel-Optimized AlphaFold on ACES (Amphitheater) (presentation) 10:30AM - 12:00PM VASP on NEC Vector Engine (Pier) (presentation)
12:00 Close of the ACES Workshop


Acknowledgment: The ACES team gratefully acknowledges support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This project is supported by the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) award number 2112356. To learn more about ACES, please visit us at

Contact Information

Phone: 979-845-0219